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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 11 January 2018

This Jabberblabber belongs to:

Happy NEW YEAR Friends!

My New Year's resolution this year is to pay more attention to our night sky, and 2018 is a good year to look UP and enjoy its splendor. Stars and planets are cool, and I especially love the moon, the largest and brightest astronomical body we can see from planet Earth. Did you know that the moon is 4.6 billion years old and was formed between 30-50 million years after the solar system? It is smaller than Earth - about the same size as Pluto. Its surface area is less than the surface area of Africa - about 14.6 million square miles according to Gravity on the moon is only 1/6 of that found on Earth. The moon is not round, but is egg-shaped with the large end pointed towards Earth. It would take 130 days to drive by car to the moon at 70 mph (or nine years to walk). This year, we will enjoy 2 "blue" moons within the first 3 months, one on January 31 and the other on March 31. The next time we have two "blue" moons in one year will be 2037! January will have 2 full "supermoons", the impressive sight that happens when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth. To us Earth-lings, "supermoons" appears 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger to the naked eye. Also, 2 nights after the first full moon, on January 3, look for a Quadrantid meteor shower which is set to light up the skies. Wow! So much happening in our skies in January, and this month's Jabberblabber is full of fun, educational activities relating to our solar system. Check it out and share with your family and friends! And remember, regardless of what you're doing, you can always BE GREEN LIKE ME! Peace and Love, Jabberblabber

Editor's note: For over 8 years, "Be My Pen Pal" has been a popular and regular feature in Jabberblabber Magazine. Children from all over the Mid-South write letters to Jabberblabber on a regular basis. Our purpose is to improve letter-writing skills as well as promote the use of language, sentence structure, penmanship and postal practices of the US Mail. The format we provide begins with "Dear Jabberblabber" and ends with "Sincerely" with space in between for children to write a letter. Children also send letters written on their own paper. When Jabberblabber receives mail, he reads each one aloud to his team. Then, they handwrite letters back to each child and include a nice shiny sticker! Here are just a few of the many letters he receives on a daily basis:

Good Morning, May you please send me a Jabberblabber issue every month? Also, would you like to be my friend? My name is Keith by the way, but you can call me KJ. I would like to be a "Be Green Like Me club member." I would write to you every week. Please write back from all my letters. Sincerely, Keith Arnz Steele II, age 9, Memphis, TN Dear Jabberblabber, I'm grateful for my family, my friends and YOU. You are my best friend. But I have 12 questions to ask you. How old are you, do you have a sister, what's your favorite TV show, what's your favorite food, can you come to my Nana's house so I can see you in real life, when were you born, do you have a dog, can you dance, what do you do in the morning, can you run, can you do a hand stand or a cart wheel? Sincerely, Kendall E. Lester, age 9, Memphis, TN Dear Jabberblabber, This is my first time doing this. I'm grateful for everything I get because some people don't get anything. What I get sometimes is just chips but I'm glad I have that. My brother's birthday is tomorrow. Please send him a postcard. :) :) :) :) Sincerely, Jazelle, age 7, Memphis, TN

Dear Jabberblabber, Thank you for publishing my letters! It was so kind of you to do that. I'd like to ask you a few questions. How old are you? When is your birthday? What is your favorite color? Do you like to paint? (Please answer these questions.) Anyway, thanks again for publishing my letters. Sincerely, Mary Thomas Futrell, Memphis, TN




Inspiring Children & Families to Respect the Earth & ALL of its Creatures

Jabberblabber has a green telescope! It’s hidden in this magazine. See if you can help him find it!

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Fun facts about BLUE MOONS and more!

A blue moon is what people call the second of two full Moons that appear during the same month. A second full Moon can appear within the same month because full Moons occur about every 29.5 days. So if a full Moon occurs in the first day or two of a month, except for February, a second full Moon can occur during one of the last days of that month as well. It doesn't actually look blue. How long does it take the Moon to orbit the Earth? The Moon takes about 27 days (27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 11.6 seconds) to go all the way around the Earth and return to its starting position. The Moon's orbit around the Earth is a slightly squashed circle called an ellipse. How far is the Moon from Earth? The Moon is about 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometres) from Earth. Travelling by car: 130 days Travelling by rocket: 13 hours Travelling by light speed:1.52 sec How fast does the Moon travel around the Earth? The moon orbits Earth at an avaerage speed of 2,288 miles per hour. What distance does the Moon travel around the Earth? The Moon travels a distance of 1,423,000 miles around the Earth. How wide is the Moon? The Moon has a diameter of 2,000 miles.The surface of the Moon has about the same area as the continent of Africa. Why can we see the Moon? The Moon is not a light source, it does not make its own light. The moon reflects light from the sun. We can see the Moon because light from the Sun bounces off it back to the Earth. If the Sun wasn't there, we wouldn't be able to see the Moon. The Sun always lights up (illuminates) one side of the Moon. We always see the same side of the moon.The Moon always keeps the same side pointing towards us so we can never see the 'back' of the Moon from the Earth. As the moon rotates around the earth, it also rotates around its own axis at the same rate. This is why we always see the same side of the moon.

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January 2018

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This month's topic:


The holidays are behind us and many families are feeling a bite from the winter air, not to mention the shopping bills rolling in from last month! If you live in an older home, or your utility bill is higher than you like, it's likely that your heat is escaping through your roof and/or your home is not sealed properly to keep the cold out. Below are some simple ways to heat your home economically, saving money and saving the planet from some greenhouse gases. • Furnace filters need to be replaced or cleaned every month to work efficiently. Keeping your furnace lubricated and properly adjusted with regular maintenance will save you 5% on your annual home heating bill • If you lower the water heater temperature from the typical 140 degrees to 120 degrees you not only prevent scalds, you can eliminate 479 pounds of carbon from polluting the atmosphere. • Put your electric water heater on a timer that turns it off when nobody’s using it.

• Ceiling fans save energy in both summer and winter. In winter, reverse the motor so the blades rotate clockwise, and run the fan at low speed. This creates a gentle updraft which forces warm air near the ceiling down into your living space. • A humidifier can help keep your home warm as the moisture it creates will increase the heat index, making 68 degrees feel like 76. You need to maintain a relative humidity between 30 and 50% to keep condensation off the windows. And don’t forget to turn down the thermostat.

• Installing high efficiency energy star rated windows can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 15% year after year.

• Install an energy star rated programmable thermostat for your heating and central air conditioning system. It can save you up to $100 a year.

• Turn your thermostat up or down manually. In the winter, every degree lower between 60 and 70 degrees will save you 5% on heating costs.

• Close vents and doors of vacant rooms.

• Keep the damper on your fireplace closed when it’s not being used in the winter. You’ll avoid losing up to 8% of your home’s heated air.

• Consider landscaping changes to help use energy more efficiently. For example, planting deciduous trees on the south-facing side of your house will shade your windows during the summer and reduce thermal load, but admit sunlight during the winter to provide solar heating and reduce energy bills.


Parents and Kids



By Gerard J. Billmeier, Jr., M.D., FAAP

Sadly, each year several hundred children die in home fires in the United States. We know that 87% of all fire-related deaths are the result of home fires which tend to spread rapidly leaving families only minutes to escape once an alarm has sounded. Fire safety is a very complex issue. Here are a few tips on fire prevention and teaching children how to avoid fire hazards:

Electrical Appliances, Cords and Outlets

Make sure all electrical appliances have no loose plugs or frayed cords. Never overuse an extension cord with too many plug-ins. Do all light bulbs have the correct wattage? Newer economy bulbs may be safer. Never run electrical wires under rugs. Never let children use appliances unsupervised. Cover all unused outlets with plastic safety covers especially when toddlers are in the home.

Use Caution in the Kitchen

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.. Beware of unsupervised food left on a stove or in an oven, toaster oven flare-ups, grease spills or coffee pots accidently left on. Always supervise children who are helping prepare a meal. Make sure all pot handles are turned to avoid knocking over.

Portable Heaters

Residential fires always peak during the colder months between December and February. Portable space heaters commonly contribute to this increased danger. Read all instructions carefully. Never locate a space heater where a small child or a pet could accidently knock it over. Keep portable heaters well away from beds, especially a child's bed. Keep all newspapers, magazines, clothing and curtains away from space heaters and fireplaces. Any heater should be at least 3 feet away from any flammable material.

Beware of Cigarettes

Cigarettes are the #1 cause of fire deaths in the U.S. and Canada killing about 1,000 persons each year. Be sure cigarettes are fully extinguished before placing them in the trash.

Matches and Lighters

Playing with matches and lighters remains a leading cause of fire-related deaths for children under 5 years of age. Always keep matches and lighters out of children's reach and store flammable liquids such as gasoline and kerosene away from kids' access.

Smoke Alarms

Most fatal home fires occur in homes without smoke alarms. Use of smoke alarms may be the single most effective prevention in avoiding a home fire. If possible, choose a smoke detector with a 10 year lithium battery. If using regular batteries, be sure to replace them every year such as when setting the clocks back to Standard time each fall. Also, test each detector monthly for proper function.

Teach Children Fire Safety

Demonstrate "STOP, DROP and ROLL" to extinguish flames if an article of clothing should catch on fire. Practice fire drills at home by rehearsing different fire situations and safely evacuating the home. Planned escape routes and a safe outdoors meeting place are essential. Make sure all windows are easily opened as these may serve as escape routes. Test your escape plan regularly making sure everyone can evacuate the home within 3 minutes including carrying out infants and small children. Include baby sitters on all fire drill information. Leave emergency information near the phone including the local fire department phone number, your full home address, phone number and the number of a neighbor. References: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Kids National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)









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Answers to JabberGenius on page 20:




of the month!

1. Why did the ice cream truck break down?

2. What did the newspaper say to the ice cream?

3. How do astronauts eat their ice cream? answers on page 22


of the month!

1. What did one toilet say to the other?

2. Why couldn't the pirate play cards?

3. Did you hear about the robbery last night?

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